1991 Harley-Davidson FXR - Race-Inspired GEM

Freedom Cycles FXR

Like a chameleon, the FXR looks black in the shade but seems to change into a root-beer color in the light.

Like a chameleon, the FXR looks black in the shade but seems to change into a root-beer color in the light.

A variety of factors make a used motorcycle appealing to people, but it's not often that the bike's back-story is what wins the sale. The opposite was true with the once bone stock '91 FXR before you built by Freedom Cycles in Orange, California. It wasn't the bike's fair price that necessarily earned it a sold tag for its owner-it was the model and its story.

For the family-owned and operated business, a firm hand shake and good service the first time around prompts many repeat customers who become both friends and part of the Freedom Cycles family. The previous owner of the FXR was no exception, having been a great customer since the shop opened in 2002 until he unfortunately passed away. "He was a great friend and loyal customer to us since day one," said Devon, owner of Freedom Cycles. "His wife put the FXR on consignment at our shop," Devon added. "Otherwise, that FXR was a gem to the original owner that he would have never gotten ride of."

While the FXR was at Freedom Cycles, another long-time customer, Tim H., had walked into the shop to pick up some parts and saw the bike. "I remember Tim asking me about the bike and we got to talking," Devon recalled. "Then Tim went out to his car, grabbed his check book, and bought the FXR right then and there," Devon said. Since the bike was bone stock, Tim wanted to enhance its look and have something similar to the old race-style FXRs. Otherwise, Devon and his crew had free reign over its design.

The Freedom team got started by tearing the FXR down to the frame but left the stock dimensions. They built a 95ci Evo motor with mostly Screamin' Eagle components and secured the powerplant between the framerails with spent gases handled by a Vance and Hines 2-into-1 exhaust. After lowering the stock frontend an inch, Freedom added 11-inch Progressive shocks in the rear to give the bike a lower stance. To get the FXR to stop on a dime, Freedom installed Performance Machine 4-piston calipers and the company's Contrast Cut Judge rotors. After modifying the rear fender and mounts, Freedom installed a set of 1-inch drag handlebars and a headlight with track-style mounts that bolt the headlight to the upper fork tubes for a race-style look and had Bitchin' Rich make a seat to complete the theme.

When it came time for paint, the team at Freedom knew they didn't want a black bike, but they wanted an interesting spin off of the color. After adding orange pearl to black, they ended up with a root-beer color bike when it's in the daylight. "We wanted the bike to have a unique paintjob and have that questioning effect to the naked eye," Devon said.

When the FXR was finished, the Freedom team had grown so close to the bike that it seemed they had a bit of separation anxiety letting it go. But when Tim came to pick the bike up, he was so thrilled that it put the guys more at ease. "I don't think Tim will ever get rid of it," Devon said. What's important to Freedom is that the FXR had become adored by another person.

SPEC SHEET
BIKE OWNER Tim H.
SHOP NAME Freedom Cycles
SHOP PHONE (714) 628-0049
SHOP WEBSITE www.freedomcyclesoc.com
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL '91/H-D/FXR
FABRICATION Freedom Cycles/H-D
ASSEMBLY Freedom Cycles/H-D
BUILD TIME Three months
ENGINE
YEAR/MANUFACTURER '91/H-D
TYPE/SIZE Evo/95ci
BUILDER Freedom Cycles/H-D
CASES H-D
CYLINDERS H-D
HEADS H-D Screamin' {{{Eagle}}}
ROCKER BOXES H-D
CARBURETOR/EFI Mikuni
AIR CLEANER Retro Mikuni Box
EXHAUST Vance and Hines 2-into-1
TRANSMISSION
MANUFACTURER/TYPE Baker/six speed
CASE Stock
CLUTCH BDL
PRIMARY DRIVE BDL
FRAME
YEAR/MANUFACTURER '91/H-D FXR
RAKE Stock
STRETCH Stock
SUSPENSION
MANUFACTURER FRONT H-D
MODIFICATIONS Lowered 1-inch
TRIPLE TREES Stock
MANUFACTURER REAR Progressive 11-inch shocks
SWINGARM Stock
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
MANUFACTURER FRONT H-D
SIZE-WIDTH/HEIGHT 19-inch/9-spoke
TIRE/SIZE Metzeler/110
CALIPER Performance Machine 4-piston
ROTOR Performance Machine
MANUFACTURER REAR H-D
SIZE-WIDTH/HEIGHT 16-inch/9-spoke
TIRE/SIZE Metzeler/150
CALIPER Performance Machine 4-piston
ROTOR Performance Machine
FINISH/PAINT
COLOR Root Beer/Black/Pearl Orange
PAINTER Freedom Cycles Insane Paint
GRAPHICS Orange stripes
PLATING/POLISHING Orange County Chroming
POWDERCOAT Embee
ACCESSORIES
FRONT FENDER Stock
REAR FENDER Shaved stock
FENDER STRUTS Stock
GAS TANK & CAP Stock
OIL TANK Stock
DASH H-D
GAUGES H-D
HANDLEBARS 1-inch drag
RISERS 6 inches
MIRRORS Performance Machine
HAND CONTROLS Performance Machine
FOOT CONTROLS Stock mid controls
FOOTPEGS Stock
HEADLIGHT Track-style mount/H-D
TAILLIGHT Side-mount
TURN SIGNALS None
LICENSE MOUNT Side-mount
SEAT Bitchin' Rich